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[ cheers and applause ] this morning on "early today," president obama considers a new tax on banks to recoup some of the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars spent on bailing them out. foul play. after years of denial, super slugger mark mcgwire comes clean about his use of steroids. and sinkhole swallows an entire yard in central florida. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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>> hello. good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a bill for services rendered. with billions of dollars still owed to the government, the white house is weighing the idea of levying a fee on the bailed out banks in order to recover those taxpayer funds. it comes as many companies prepare to hand out seven and eight figure bonuses to top executives. although unemployment remains at 10% nationwide, wall street is again reaping record profits. now the obama administration is looking for ways to recoup rescue funds while aligning itself with the needs and outrage of main street america. while the administration expects to recover the money pumped into the financial sector, other bailouts for automakers and the insurance giant aig will likely never be repaid. this morning pope benedict xvi weighed in on the issue of gay marriage suggesting it threatens the natural order of
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creation. addressi addressing diplomats from more than 100 nations, he talked about same-sex marriage legalization in many parts of the world. he says the issue threatens to undermine the differences between the sexes in fighting discrimination and warned that freedom "cannot be absolute and must correspond to the structure willed by god." capping more than a decade of denials, a teary eyed mark mcgwire admitted to what the whole world suspected, performance enhancing drugs helped catapult him to home run hero. it comes five years after his testimony on capitol hl where he evaded questions about whether he took performance enhancers. now in what some are calling an interview scripted by major league baseball, mcgwire admitted to using the drugs during his 1998 race to break
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the single season home run record. fred roggin will have much more on this story coming up in sports. she made headlines when katie couric stomped her about which newspaper she read during the 2008 election but that's not stopping former alaska governor sarah palin from becoming a fox news analyst and commentator. she joins other republican anythi figures on the network including mike huckabee and newt gingrich. palin may have credibility issues. just this past sunday on "60 minutes" steve schmidt a top aide to palin's running mate senator john mccain, said there were numerous incients when palin said things that were not accurate. here's an early look at other stories making news early today in america. a huge sinkhole in florida swallowed a dozen trees directly
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behind a house. the crater stretches 30 yar wide and nearly 50 feet deep and engulfed a number of pine trees and a large oak. the garage in the yard has already been sinking and officials are trying to determine if the house is in danger. the area was evacuated as a precaution. security video from a california store captured what happened just before a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck. just 27 miles from the quake's epicenter, the video shows the intensity of the trembler. witnesses said it felt like the ground was jumping up and down. the cold in florida has literally left some animals frozen stiff but one teenager has found a way to lend a hand. certain lizards have become immobilized in freezing weather. some people mistake them dead but actually all it takes is a little hot air from a blow dryer to get the lizards back on their
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feet. one family in texas is adapting to and embracing the recent cold weather like no longhorn family has done before. instead of bundling up inside, they built a hockey rink in their backyard. after getting the frame, pouring the water and letting the frigid temperature take care of the rest, they are saying canada, eat your heart out. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's bill karins with your weather channel forecast. we could do that here in the studio. it's quite cold in here. >> when i was a little kid, my dad did that every winter for us, but i lived in upstate new york. we did that in september. good morning to you. temperatures for the most part have been slowly warming up. areas colored in in light blue and pink are locations in below freezing. san antonio is warmer today.
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south florida is a little bit warmer. temperatures in the carolinas a little bit above freezing. coldest spot out there this morning up here in minnesota. minneapolis right now only at 5 degrees. florida, still cold. we have gainesville at 23 degrees. north florida is still very cold. we're not going to see a lot of records like we did yesterday. yesterday miami was down to 36. this morning 44. so we're heading in the right direction but still that freeze line right now just north of west palm beach and somewhere around the tampa and orlando area and the next couple of mornings are still chilly. 34 tomorrow morning. by thursday we really warm it up here over central florida. most of the damage has already been done to the crops. we have an area of low pressure and snow showers heading through the mid-atlantic and through new england but that's really not a big deal today. overall the forecast looks nice and simple for anyone's travels to work, school or maybe to play. that's a look at your tuesday forecast. here's a look at the weather outside your window.
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>> lynn, i mentioned the warmup. we'll give you an example later in the show of who will have big a smile on their face over the next couple of days. >> let'selp it's close to us. we would appreciate that. thank you so much, bill. earnings start off with a thud, ford wins big and the fed makes a pretty penny. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. imagine "american idol" without simon and now imagine spider-man without tony mcgwire. the hawks have the number.
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good morning.
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welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. three americans were among five nato service members killed in violence across afghanistan on monday. it was the deadliest day for the international force in more than two months. new jersey is set to become the 14th state to approve the use of medical marijuana. the state's legislature passed a bill that would allow certain patients to light up. governor jon corzine said he'll sign the bill before leaving office next week. a key leader in northern ireland's tangled politics has been forced to temporarily step down over his wife's affair with a teenager. peter robinson, the minister for enterprise trade and investment is taking a break to answer questions. rob robinson's wife revealed she had an affair with a 19-year-old. the scandal threatens to undermine northern ireland's
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shaky coalition government and with it, the peace procecesproc. the woman who helped hide ann frank died at 100 years old. she provided food in a secret apartment before germans raid in and took them to a concentration camp. here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opened at 10,663 after gaining 45 points. the nasdaq dipped four points. in tokyo, the nikkei rose 80 points but in hong kong, the hang seng fell 84 points. hopes were high monday ahead of the unofficial start to earnings season but with alcoa coming in below expectations after the bell, yesterday's optimism could disappear later
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this morning. alcoa often seen as a broader economic indicator reported weak fourth quarter sales thanks to soft construction and aero space markets. tough times for walmart. the company announced it will close ten sam's clubs locations and layoff 1,500 workers. after an investigation of toxic ingredients in chinese imports, walmart is pulling lines of children's jewelry from its shelves. ford got a big lift monday winning both the 2010 north america car and truck of the year awards. ford's fusion hybrid mid size sedan took top car owners and its transit compact van received truck of the year at the detroit auto show.
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disney fell more than 1.5% after an analyst downgrade. u.p.s. shares fell on expectation that consumer will shop online. according to "the post"he fed made $45 billion buying bonds to help drive down interest rates. and keep an eye on electronic arts today. after the bell the video game publisher cut fiscal 2010 outlook sending shares tumbling. by now everyone is sick of the cold and the snow but that's no excuse for one tennessee man arrested for pulling a shotgun on his neighbor because he was stomping the snow off his boots outside their apartment builng early in the morning and woke him up. coming up, more on the disgraced home run king long
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overdo confession. in the nba, one of the league's stars goes down hard in a scary moment in salt lake city. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. temperatures are still slowly warming up and it's about time. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today." good tuesday morning to you.
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i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. they are making the beltway their own personal racetrack. what police are saying about daredevils. a celebrity stylist set to go before a grand jury to testify about the white house state dinner crashers. >> why you'll see more of
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if you're just waking up, this is "early today." if sports, a former st. louis slugger has returned to the cleanup spot only this time it is to cleanup the truth about his past. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. after years of speculation retired slugger mark mcgwire has come clean about his use of steroids. mcgwire admitted he using performance ehancing drugs on and off for over a decade including 1998 when he broke the home run mark. he said it was caused by his desire to overcome injuries and prove he was worth his multimillion dollar salary. >> i'm so sorry that i have to -- i apologize to everybody in major league baseball, my
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family, bud selig, today was the hardest day of my life. >> so why confess now? mcgwire who is the new hitting coach of the st. louis cardinals says he wanted to get it off his chest but others believes it's part of a last-ditch effort to get voted into the hall of fame. >> glen davis tried to make marvin williams cry. hard foul called fragrant. the ejection sparked the hawks. joe johnson scored seven straight in the fourth to give the hawks a lead. he finished with 36. boston has only lost ten games all year and three of them have been to atlanta. hawks won it 102-96. after a head hred heart sta the season, the magic has cooled off. jazz up big in the third. carlos boozer down low. up and under for two. the jazz won it 118-86.
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miami has lost six of eight. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. mel gibson defends tiger woods sort of. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. relentless low temperatures and high snowfalls have you jaded to the joyce of winter, stick around for a moment. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back. it will be a quiet tuesday. not a lotf rain or snow out there. temperatures will be chilly to start but later this afternoon warm up a bit. coldest spots northern ohio valley and new england. the most beautiful weather will be from oklahoma city to dallas, albuquerque to denver, temperatures getting up there to upper 40s to 50s. even in montana today, we'll be around 45 degrees. there is warmer air spreading across the country. if you're watching us on wesh 2 in orlando, florida, head to orlando science center to watch "sharks" in imax and see one of the most advanced predators on earth in its natural habitat. i have never seen an imax movie. >> i haven't either. i want to see "avatar" because you can see it in 3-d. here's an early look at this
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morning's headlines in entertainment. some guys know how to play the game and "american idol" simon cowell may be one of them. he may be known as the nasty judge but he's one shrewd television producer. on the eve of "american idol" season premiere, he announced he's leaving at the end of the season to concentrate on his own fox talent show next year's "the x factor." he has everyone talking about "american idol" and his own show a year ahead of time. say so long to tobey maguire as spider-man. the next film in 2012 biwill ha a new cast. mel gibson not only feels sorry for tiger woods, he sees conspiracy. gibson said "why are we talking about this when we're sending 30,000 more troops to afghanistan? he's being used as a diversion
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and it drives me crazy." >> there's some truth to it. there are more important things in life than the attention we're giving to that story. >> we're giving a lot of attention to tiger woods. it's died off a bit. this comes to us from wmbf news in myrtle beach, south carolina, where students proved sometimes the grass is always greener even when it's covered with snow. while much of the country is looking for a reprieve from heavy winter storms, a little bit of snow was a dream come true for thee elementary school kids. their teachers rented a snow machine to transform their playground into a winter wonderland. the fake snow began melting quickly but not before some of them got to have a snow ball fight. always fun. i'm lynn berry. this is "early today," just your st
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. 4:54 is your time. 31 degrees. another chilly start to your morning. but will a warmup be in the forecast soon? good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today." >> i'm joe krebs plepts get our first forecast. tom kierein has joined us here in the studio. tom, going to get warmer any time soon? >> it's already warmer. 31. feels balmy. compared to what we had last month, it's around 30 in the suburbs and rural areas. yesterday morning we were in single digits in many locations, subzero temperatures out in the mountains. they are near 20degrees. quite a bit milder this morning because we have cloutds passing over the region at this hour. it didroduce a few flurries earlier but they head off to the east. temperatures a little above freezing. little bit of sunshine. increasing sunshine this afternoon with highs reaching
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the upper0s. and we'll have our sunrise 7:26, the sunset at 5:07. tomorrow we'll get the sunshine back, near 40 and then much milder thursday and friday. in fact, maybe even near 50 by friday afternoon. >> how is the traffic? >> no big problems to report right now. let's take a look out at springfield. those headlights are traveling out of springfield continuing to 395 at a nice clip. we have water main issues on route 50. heading towards lees corner road. right lane closed until 8:00 a.m. not causing big traffic delays right now. back to you. thanks very much. >> here's a look at some of the top stories happening today. the stylist who did miss salahis' hair will testify before a grand jury. the salon owner and stylist,
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peggy ioakim were both subpoenaed to appear in court. the tareq and michaele salahi could be charged with lying to a government official in the case. >> new efforts to crackdown on mortgage lenders. the u.s. has increased oversight of fha approved lenders in recent months. fha lenders continue to increase their share of the mortgage market. a faster commute could be a costly commute for virginia drivers who try to take hov lanes alone. police will be out in force today, cracking down on hov offenders. they will be patrolling interstate 66, 395 and 95 in northern virginia. special election is held today in northern virginia. voters in the state's 37th district are deciding between steve hunt and dave marchesden for the state senate. >> the days of waiting in long lines and sometimes even overnight to get the swine flu vaccine are over.
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the vaccine is plentiful. local health departments are trying to fine more takers. >> they adopted a new slogan, it's not too late to vaccinate. the swine flu is still out there. could be another big wave just ahead. julie cary reports. >> reporter: it only takes a quick glance at this fairfax county swine flu vaccination clinic to realize how fast things have changed. the empty chairs now signal there's no waiting and the swine flu shot is now available to all. patty got some hand holding reassurance from her granddaughter. the 4-year-old was immunized last year. but she was turned away. this woman intentionally waited to satisfy herself the shot wouldn't produce a bad reaction. >> the vaccine, it's a new one and i'm not sure.
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i thought delaying of it would help me know what i'm going to do. >> reporter: in fairfax county and across the area, officials are hoping to keep customers coming. they said the swine flu could build to another peak. >> flu season peaks in february. you don't want people to have a false sense of security. >> reporter: demand has fallen off somewhat in montgomery county they are taking appointments online for three day a week clinics at libraries. health officials expect to give 4,500 flu shots this month. in the district of columbia a weekend clinic drew only 200. health officials remind swine flu still represents a majority of the flu cases they are seeing and the season isn't over. >> if you haven't been sick so far maybe you're luck

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